We’ve all known that leafy greens are dangerous for some time. Tainted spinach, salmonella, e. coli, Cyclospora, you name it, salad has got it. Since 1990, over 13,000 people have been reported seriously ill as a result of eating contaminated salad.
A few months back this blog even proposed creating a salad tax as an alternative to a soda tax, as leafy greens pose a far greater immediate risk than soft drinks.
But what was not known was just how disgusting many of the prepackaged salads in the supermarket are.
Consumers Reports did a test of 208 bagged salads from 16 different producers. They found that a shocking 39% of them were contaminated with “excessive bacteria, including fecal contamination.”
Thank God for Campbell’s, because from now on it is canned or processed veggies only.